O’Neal Trade: We found out a couple things yesterday, one of them was that somebody actually values Jamario Moon. That somebody being Pat Riley who is apparently insisting that Moon be part of the package that would send Marion to Toronto. I have no problem with that. Other reports insist that Miami is also asking… Read more »
There are a few great Raptor blogs out there and one of them is RaptorsHQ. I had a chance to talk some hoops with Adam and Dave, also known as Franchise and Howland. We chatted some Raptors ball and discussed issues ranging from Sam Mitchell to Roko Ukic. If I seem a little out of… Read more »
This I can explain. His low usage rate when he is on the floor minimize his impact on team stats, such as team O/D rating and even plus minus (since that stat also accounts for the other members of the rotation. However, when he is being used, his individual stats, or the stats that are only dependant on his contributions, he looks pretty good, pretty great even.
Basically, like what everyone else has been saying, it comes down to usage rate. Involve him enough in the offense and there's no reason why his individual efficiency won't be reflected in the team stats.
Now here's where you might say "but the raptors lose more when he shoots more than average, so the usage rate argument doesn't hold up". That's a fair point, but I would argue that Jonas often gets those extra field goals when A) the guards are putting up a ton of bricks and Jonas is cleaning the glass, or B) he's a last resort after its clear that the other scoring options aren't working. In both scenarios, the team as a whole is playing below average, so it makes sense that they would win a lower percentage of games.